Nick asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 7 years ago

Who was John Doe/Jane Doe?

When an unidentifiable body is discovered, and male, they are referred to as "John Doe". A female is thenfore "Jane Doe". Who were these people and what reference do they have to "unidentifiable bodies?

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  • 7 years ago
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    They never existed.

    The name "John Doe", often spelled "Doo," along with "Richard Roe" or "Roo" were regularly invoked in English legal instruments to satisfy technical requirements governing standing and jurisdiction, beginning perhaps as early as the reign of England's King Edward III (1312–1377).

    This particular use became obsolete in the UK in 1852:

    "As is well known, the device of involving real people as notional lessees and ejectors was used to enable freeholders to sue the real ejectors. These were then replaced by the fictional characters John Doe and Richard Roe. Eventually the medieval remedies were (mostly) abolished by the Real Property Limitation Act of 1833; the fictional characters of John Doe and Richard Roe by the Common Law Procedure Act 1852; and the forms of action themselves by the Judicature Acts 1873-75." Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Respondent) v Meier and another(FC) (Appellant) and others and another (FC)(Appellant) and another (2009).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Doe

  • 3 years ago

    the 1st individual who spoke back your question, we will seek advice from them as John/Jane Doe, did so with plagerism on the seed of their coronary heart. I say this purely to furnish you with a warning. this question has been asked and spoke back already, and this John/Jane Doe isn't a instructor of regulation, as they might allude, and function us have faith. See my source:

  • 4 years ago

    They are accounts on RŌBLOX.

  • 7 years ago

    Nobody, they don't exist.

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